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Machine Reading the Archive - Reading group session 1: Archives as infrastructure

Reading group for the Machine Reading the Archive programme Open to registered programme participants Please contact digitalhumanities@crassh.cam.ac.uk for more information
When Feb 21, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Room 5, History Faculty
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The aim of the reading group sessions is to explore texts from a range of disciplines which grapple with the fundamental questions underlying the programme:

  • What is an archive?
  • Who makes archives?
  • How are archives used?
  • Are archives in the digital age different to their predecessors?

Each session is structured around a theme, for which we have proposed a set of key readings, however we will be asking participants to submit their own suggestions for additional readings for each theme in order to build up a programme reading-list.

Session 1: Tuesday 21 February 12-1.30pm
Archives as infrastructure
Convened by: Lukas Engelmann and Anne Alexander

Archives are infrastructures in more ways than one: they require both organisation and physical facilities to operate, and are often integrated into larger infrastructures of the state, of cultural heritage and educational institutions or of corporations. Our readings for this session invite reflection on the infrastructural qualities of the archive in the digital age. What changes when the archive is no longer a building or a room preserving and providing access to paper documents or other media on site, but a node in a network which can be accessed remotely?

A sandwich lunch will be provided, please book up using the online form to help us cater accurately: book here

Readings will be emailed to registered participants in advance.